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FABIans bid farewell to two of their own – Drs Stuart Fraser and Birhan Abate – on 4 May. Friends and colleagues for a bittersweet send off, marking the pair’s last few moments at FABI.

Dr Fraser joined FABI as postdoctoral fellows in 2015 after completing his PhD degree at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. During his time at FABI, Dr Fraser studied the epidemiology and life cycle of Uromycladium acaciae, the causal agent of a rust disease in Acacia mearnsii plantations in Southern Africa.

Dr Abate completed his PhD degree in January this year and was one of nine PhD graduates at the University of Pretoria’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony on 2 May. He isolated and described a new species of nematode, Steinernema fabii (named after FABI), from soil samples at an Acacia mearnsii plantation in the Mpumalanga province while conducting his PhD research.

Prof. Mike Wingfield said farewells came not only with sadness but also hope for new collaborations in the future. We wish them the best in all their future endeavours! 

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Mostert D, Molina AB, Daniells J, Fourie G, Hermanto C, Chao C-P, Fabregar E, Sinohin VG, Hossain MDS, Masdek N, Visarto P, Rajapakse C, Thanh DT, Thangavelu R, Li C, Yi G, Wei Y, Mostert L, Viljoen A. (2017) The distribution and host range of the banana Fusarium wilt fungus, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense, in Asia. PLoS ONE 12(7):24. 10.1371/journal.pone.0181630
Jankowiak R, Strzałka B, Bilański P, Linnakoski R, Aas T, Solheim H, Groszek M, De Beer ZW. (2017) Two new Leptographium spp. reveal an emerging complex of hardwood-infecting species in the Ophiostomatales. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 10.1007/s10482-017-0905-8
Ozturk KI, Chettri P, Dupont P-Y, Barnes I, McDougal RL, Moore GG, Sim A, Bradshaw RE. (2017) Evolution of polyketide synthesis in a Dothideomycete forest pathogen. Fungal Genetics and Biology 10.1016/j.fgb.2017.07.001
Wilken PM, Steenkamp ET, Wingfield MJ, De Beer ZW, Wingfield BD. (2017) Which MAT gene? Pezizomycotina (Ascomycota) mating-type gene nomenclature reconsidered. Fungal Biology Reviews 10.1016/j.fbr.2017.05.003
Bush SJ, Dittrich-Schröder D, Neser S, Gevers C, Baffoe KO, Slippers B, Hurley BP. (2017) First record of Quadristichus mendeli, a parasitoid of Leptocybe invasa, in South Africa. Southern Forests 10.2989/20702620.2017.1318347